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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

Peter Hughes, Jul, 2003,

by Russ Lido, mi, usa . Report 566.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahams, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida&Flodida Keys, Caymens, Hawaii, Micronesia, Turks&Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 61 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Rec dive limits and 1hr per tank
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large Camera table and electrical outlets for chargeind 110-220v

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 4th live aboard with Perter Hughes.We flew into Quito,Ecurador and were put up at a nice hotel for the night.We were told not to venture to far from the hotel because Quito has a crime problem.The next morning we flew to the San Cristobal,Galapagos on AeroGal airlines.Despite all the baggage fears ,we weren't charged any extra for excess weight.I would recomend trying to fly that airline instead of Tame airlines.We travled 565 miles on the Sky Dancer.Its a fine boat but book the upper deck cabins because the water conditions can get rough.The Cabins are more money but well worth it.We cruised the Galapagos Islasnds and saw lots of sea lions,penguins,scooling hammerhead sharks,turtles,stingrays and over 20 whale shark.There is so much sea life you can get sensory overload,but don't expect to find magnigicent coral.Darwin and Wolf Islands are some of the best diving I have ever done.Best times are June thru Nov if you want to see the whale sharks.I would go June, July again because the water at Darwin and Wolf is warmer(77).The other islands it was 61-69.The diving can be challenging and may not be good for beginners. We also did three land tours and 2 snorkel trips,which were also very good .The crew did a great job of taking care of the divers.They even helped you get your wetsuit off and they rinsed and hung it up for you.The food was worst part.They cook a local menu and was not up to Peter Hughes standards we used to from other live aboards.Galapagos were a true adventure of a lifetime.
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